Posted by: B.L. Guadiz | August 6, 2011

New Project: 365 Days in the Making

I’m going to make it official. I have started writing a book about my own self discovery, a self journey. I wanted to share it with you all and I hope everyone can rediscover themselves like I will. This is what I have for you now.

Posted by: B.L. Guadiz | July 15, 2011

Woot!! It Has Finally Begun!

Pardon my excitement but I just can’t contain it any longer, YEHEY!!!

I’ve been waiting for more than a month to start on a huge project I have been invited to. And it officially started a few days ago. The database has been set up, all the team members are collaborating wonderfully and finally, I’m in!!

As a writer, I am under oath not to disclose any details regarding the project and I don’t know the main client either so nothing to spill. =P

I’ve been rearranging my schedule for the past few weeks because of this humongous project. The wait is finally over and it has begun. I’m a bit overwhelmed with work that’s why I was not able to update the blog.

Anyway, I wish everyone is having a great time like I am. =)

Posted by: B.L. Guadiz | July 6, 2011

Falling Deeply Inlove Because of a Love Story

I don’t know about you but recently I am falling madly inlove with a Korean drama love story. The name of the K-drama is “Secret Garden.” No, I don’t watch the “tagalized” version (translated to Tagalog version). I prefer watching the Korean version with English subtitles.

It all started when my niece bought the “Secret Garden” DVD. She was spending her summer vacation here in the province when she bought the disc. I just noticed that she was so into it when I pass by her in the living room. One day, I watched several episodes with her, constantly bugging her with questions about the storyline, until I was hooked on the story itself and the characters.

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Posted by: B.L. Guadiz | June 19, 2011

Happy Father’s Day Daddy!!!

Today is Father’s Day and somehow the usual third Sunday of June this year is different. The smell of toasted bread didn’t fill the kitchen. There’s no one sitting at the end of the table trying to swallow what he’s chewing. There’s no one calling out “Buy me a newspaper when you get back from church.” Today is not like every Father’s Day we had in the early years.

Instead of kissing Daddy on the cheek while greeting him with a resounding “Happy Father’s Day!” we were busy preparing to hear mass. We even brought along Avyo, a Lhasa Apso dog who became my parents’ instant apo (grandson), to church. Today is different. The Father’s Day we had last year is completely different.

After mass, we went to the cemetery where Daddy is laid to rest. He died last year before Christmas on December 6, 2010. After more than a month’s stay in the ICU of the hospital, he passed away. He’s gone but his spirit stays with us forever. Today is Father’s Day and all we can do is visit him in the cemetery and pray.

We can no longer give him a peck on the cheek or kiss his hand. He went on to the next life, waiting when we too will join him in the after life. I cannot express how I feel and the only way I can reach him is through writing this post.

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Posted by: B.L. Guadiz | June 18, 2011

Indio Bravo – Remembering Rizal

When I was in college, I particularly enjoyed my Philippine History and Rizal classes. I was lucky to take both classes under the same professor, Mrs. B. I have forgotten her real name because she preferred to be called Mrs. B and refused to be addressed as Ma’am or Madame.

When she assumed the position in our school, she just rendered her retirement from a highly acclaimed university in Manila. As a Rizal enthusiast, our classes revolved around Rizal, even if the subject was about Philippine History. For two consecutive years, Mrs. B influenced us to take a closer look at Rizal’s life. Most of my classmates didn’t care about him but I did.

My fondness for Rizal’s works started when Mrs. B asked us to have a “Biyaheng Rizalista” project where we would visit historical sites and make a scrapbook from our journey. My brother and sister accompanied me to the historical sites where we picnicked as a family. Our parents were back in the province at the time.

The memories of visiting Calamba, Laguna, where Rizal’s home is located and intact to this day, still lingers in my mind. It was raining when we went there and Rizal’s home was closed to tourists because it was undergoing renovation. We also journeyed to Intramuros where a number of historical landmarks can be popularly visited nowadays.

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Posted by: B.L. Guadiz | June 16, 2011

All Eyes Set on the Philippines for the 2011 Lunar Eclipse

Okay, so all eyes are set once again to the Philippines for the June 16th Lunar Eclipse of 2011. It was anticipated by millions of people all over the world and a few hours ago, thousands of lunar eclipse images and searches flooded internet. Even Google particularly made a Lunar Eclipse image making one of their O’s represent the moon.

Around the world, millions of spectators have taken pictures of the 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse. It is said to be the longest Lunar Eclipse in 11 years! With an average of one and a half hour of the event, millions gathered to see this amazing view. Another total Lunar Eclipse is set for December 10th this year. I should stay up late for this one. I missed out on the June Lunar Eclipse excitement because I was too tired to stay up late. Anyway, I gathered images all over the web for your viewing pleasure. Also you can find more information about today’s Lunar Eclipse from Journey to the Stars blog.

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Posted by: B.L. Guadiz | June 14, 2011

Helping Future Nation Leaders Get a Headstart

To tell you honestly, I have been very busy balancing my time because of impromptu requests of my mom. Last week after the first day of classes, my mom asked me to drive her to pick up some bags filled with school supplies. After gathering the supplies, I volunteered to pack them up for the next day deliver. You can just imagine how tired I am for classifying 60 bags intended for 60 less fortunate children.

Anyway, we delivered the bags to the three different schools with the poorest Grade I pupils in their classes. The teachers carefully selected each pupil from their class and most of them, I’m afraid, are not even wearing slippers. =(

I brought the camera with me because I wanted to send some pics to GMA’s YouScoop that day. My mom wrote the caption for the event and I was able to send it at around 8PM. We were anticipating the YouScoop coverage the following day on 24 Oras but sadly, it was not featured. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that Typhoon Dodong was making headlines at the time.

The children raised their hands in unison when asked if they wanted to become teachers someday.

Today, while surfing through sites, I decided to checkout GMA’s YouScoop site and I was surprised to see 2 familiar pictures posted in the news archive. They were the same pictures I have submitted last week. I told my mom about it and she’s excited to submit a new batch of pictures for when we visit the Grade I pupils who received the bags.

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Posted by: B.L. Guadiz | June 13, 2011

The Push Cart Analogy

In the afternoon while watching an unfamiliar news block on television, I caught a glimpse of President Noynoy Aquino’s speech during the celebration of the 113th Independence Day in Cavite yesterday. Aside from remembering our forefathers who fought for the country’s freedom from the Spanish rule, the President also reiterated the need to free Filipinos from the clutches of corruption.

It is pleasant to hear such a wonderful promise but at the back of my mind I wonder if this promise is really going to happen. How many presidents promised to end corruption once and for all? None of them succeeded. Will it be different this time around? I wonder…

The thing is, even if Pnoy is sincere to end all kinds of corruption in the government, he can’t do it alone. If every single one around him stays out of line then he can’t do anything to resolve such a thing. Let’s face it, if the big boss does it, then everyone will follow him. It’s just how it is.

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Posted by: B.L. Guadiz | June 12, 2011

113th Philippine Independence Day and My Moment of Truth

Today, June 12, 2011, is the 113th Philippine Independence Day. All over the world, Filipinos are celebrating this wondrous occasion when Emilio Aguinaldo declared the independence of the Philippines from the Spanish rule on June 12, 1898.

On the balcony of his home in Kawit, Cavite, the Philippine National Flag made by Marcela Agoncillo, Lorenza Agoncillo and Delfina Herboza in Hong Kong was officially unfurled in front of the crowd while playing the Marcha Filipina Magdalo, now known as the Philippine National Anthem, “Lupang Hinirang.”

It seems like only yesterday when we Filipinos were contemplating the centennial celebration of our Independence Day.  I was a freshman college student back in 1998 when the nationwide centennial celebration took place. The question is, what has happened to our culture since the Declaration of Independence 113 years ago?

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